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The Glossary of Construction Terms:
A Guide to Understanding Home Construction.

Tack strips
A wood strip with exposed tack points that is attached to the sub-flooring and holds stretched wall-to-wall carpeting in place.
The horizontal board in a stairway on which the foot is placed.
The finish materials in a building, such as moldings, applied around openings or at the floor and ceilings of rooms.
Engineered wood structural members used to construct floors and roofs.
An additional section of driveway where cars can be turned around.
A flooring layer over the base sub-flooring, over which tile or resilient floor covering is laid.
The internal angle formed by the junction of two sloping sides of a roof.
Vacuum breaker
Also called a back-flow preventer, this device is placed on exterior faucets to allow water to only flow out of the home.
Valve seat
An interior part of the faucet valve assembly where the valve rests.
Wall ties
The metal pieces that tie masonry veneer to the frame of the home, or, when pouring concrete, the metal pieces that hold concrete foundation wall forms in place until the concrete cures.
Round, rigid rubber or plastic discs used as a sealing device in water faucet vales.
Weather stripping
A weather insulating strip of material placed around doors and windows to reduce water entry into the home.  Also reduces air infiltration into the home or the escape of conditioned air out of the home.
An area where water has produced soil erosion.
Window balance
A counter balance device in window housings that assist with the opening and closing of a window, and then keeps the window in position.
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